Nikolai Zdravkov

Picture of Nikolai Zdravkov

The tenor, Nikolai Zdravkov, was born in the Lom region of Bulgaria. Until 1939, he was a factory worker. He began his musical activity in 1948 as a member of the chorus "Kaval" and as a member of an Ensemble for Folk Singing and Dancing. During this time, he studied privately with Ilija Jossifov. In 1953, he joined the Ruse Opera as a soloist and made his debut on May 2nd of that year as Cavaradossi. In 1955-56, he continued his studies at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow at the same time appearing with opera companies through out the USSR. After 1954, in addition to singing throughout Bulgaria, he appeared as a guest on many European opera stages. He traveled to China on a concert tour in 1959. Nikolai Zdravkov received many international awards including Bucharest in 1953, Paris in 1954 and Belgium in 1957. Major roles in his career included the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo, Nadir, and Pinkerton.
Nikolai Zdravkov singsRigoletto: Bella figlia, with Kiril Krastev, Penka Marinova, and Liliana Tocheva
In RA Format

Nikolai Zdravkov singsYevgeni Onyegin: Kuda, kuda
In RA Format

I would like to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the additional biographical notes and recordings.

Nikolai Zdravkov singsLucia di Lammermoor: Tu che a dio
In RA Format

I would like to thank Daniele Godor for the picture and the recording.

Nikolai Zdravkov studied with: Iliy Yossifov and Katya Spiridonova; 1948-1953 soloist of the ensemble of the Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria; 1953 soloist at the Rousse National Opera, debut as Cavaradossi; gold medal at the Bucharest festival; 1957 first price at the competition in Verviers; 1959 Dimitrov price for the interpretation of the roles of Nadir, the Duke and Pinkerton. From 1957 guest performances in the SU, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Poland, the GDR, Hungary, Cuba. Concerts in Austria, Finland, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Turkey, China, Peru etc. Repetroire: 50 leading roles, which he has performed for over 1500 times, out of which: 150 guest performances in Sofia, 60 in Varna and 200 performances in other opera theatres.
From the LP "Nikolai Zdravkov Opera Recital", Balkanton BOA 10585, by Ognyan Stamboliev.

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